FWC: Atlantic Snook and Gulf Amberjack Close, Red Snapper Opens

By: FWC Release
By: FWC Release

May 25, 2012 -

Gulf of Mexico red snapper season begins June 1

The 2012 Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational harvest season begins June 1 in state and federal waters. The last day of the 40-day season is July 10.

This year’s state season, which is the same as the 2012 federal recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico, was set in May at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting.

Florida state waters in the Gulf extend from shore to nine nautical miles; federal waters extend beyond that line to 200 nautical miles.

The Gulf red snapper stock is improving, but the population still needs an increase in the number of older fish for it to be sustainable. Red snapper are estimated to live more than 50 years, but the current stock consists primarily of fish that are only a few years old. Older fish are the key to rebuilding the population because older female red snapper produce more eggs than younger females. This season will help continue to rebuild the red snapper population so that more red snapper fishing opportunities will be possible in the future.

More information about red snapper fishing is available online at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and then “Gulf Red Snapper.”


Atlantic snook and Gulf amberjack close in state waters

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters and of greater amberjack in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters closes June 1.

Snook will reopen for harvest in Atlantic federal, state and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, Sept. 1. Snook remains closed for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state waters including Everglades National Park and Monroe County through Aug. 31. A stock assessment on snook will be presented to the FWC Commission at its June 27-28 meeting in West Palm Beach.

Greater amberjack will reopen for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters Aug. 1.

State waters in the Atlantic extend from shore to three nautical miles and in the Gulf from shore to nine nautical miles.

Seasonal harvest closures protect Florida’s valuable snook and greater amberjack populations and help sustain and improve the fishery for the future.

Learn more about recreational fishing at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater” and “Recreational Regulations.”

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  • by Farmer Location: NC on May 27, 2012 at 03:52 AM
    There is not alot of fish left in the Gulf. You can not grow food or raise live stock on the shore either....how are you going to survive when the tourists leave.
  • by Anonymous on May 25, 2012 at 05:32 PM
    It's Wabbit Season.
  • by Anonymous on May 25, 2012 at 04:44 PM
    It was so much better decades ago when you and family members or friends could go catch any fish you wanted for dinner, not need a "license"[tax paid to be allowed to fish], did not need a fish rule book or a ruler to measure the length of your catch. Commercial netters were allowed to scoop up everything for years (under the guise of free enterprise and "good business") until all species numbers became so low to need protections.
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      by Jake on May 26, 2012 at 04:31 AM in reply to
      Actually if you visit the springs and rivers, you will see that pollution killed the hatching grounds. That played a huge part. Don't believe me, go drink the water yourself.
  • by Jake on May 25, 2012 at 04:31 PM
    And none can buy or sell without the mark.
  • by Jane on May 25, 2012 at 02:52 PM
    Thanks to your good old boy capitalists it is no longer safe to eat the stocks of self-managing fish that you brag about. God forbid a business goes under, whatever happened to your faith in supply and demand? Isn't that why in God we trust is printed on our money - because money is our god? Yours anyway.
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      by Anonymous on May 25, 2012 at 11:11 PM in reply to Jane
      Another lefty that want's to ban sportfishing.
  • by j Location: crawfordville on May 25, 2012 at 01:30 PM
    There should be No more than a 2 month closed season on grouper or snapper. FWC is putting the screws to everyone. And Florida's economy.
  • by dt Location: tally on May 25, 2012 at 11:32 AM
    It's amazing that for 100's of 1000's of years, these fish stocks have done a pretty good job of managing themselves. Then good ole govt comes along and think they can make things better for everyone. The result is less people fishing, less boats being sold, and more coastal businesses going under. Gas prices alone are enough to keep most people off the water. At $3 a gallon, its not worth the gas for the amount of fish you can keep anyways.
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      by nslay on May 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM in reply to dt
      You sound like an anarchist. I really wish the media would call the extreme right anarchist since we call the extreme left socialist. It would add to the entertainment value.
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        by Anonymous on May 27, 2012 at 06:22 AM in reply to nslay
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      by Anonymous on May 25, 2012 at 05:31 PM in reply to dt
      Buy a kayak.
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